Crystal Geode Gelgit Water Marble I

Crystal Geode Gelgit Water Marble I

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 1st 2022

Make a beautiful gelgit design using Crystal Geode Water Marbling Set


  • paper towels
  • iron
  • watercolor paper
  • water marbling tray
  • tray for rinsing



Before you begin be sure to set up your water marbling station. You should have your supplies set up and easily accessible. Following directions on bottle, mix the Magic Medium Water Prep with the appropriate amount of water in the water marbling tray or separate container.

You should also have a tray of clean water to rinse your prints after they are dipped. (TIP: Lay out paper towels to place your fresh prints on to speed drying time.) Plan to create several unique prints at one time.

Some of the drops of paint will sink and you may begin to see drops of paint gathering on the bottom of the tray, this is normal and will not effect the surface where the print is pulled.

For this project use the Crystal Geode Water Marbling Set, which includes the following colors: Blue, Lavender, Aquamarine, Violet and Pink.

  1. Prepare your size. Follow the easy instructions on the Magic Medium bottle to prepare the size (water) mixture. (TIP: Prepare mixture in a plastic tub with a lid and fill/refill the water marbling tray as needed. Cover unused size to keep it fresh for up to ) Now you are ready to add paint.
  2. Instruction #1
  3. Start by filling the entire surface of the size (prepped water) with an even coat of Aquamarine. Do this by dripping down the middle of the tray horizontally. (TIP: place the paint drops close together as to not allow space, which will leave a white spot on the print.)
  4. Instruction #2
  5. Begin to drop Lavender paint onto the surface sporadically. This will create circles of Lavender paint, also known as stones. Allow paint to disperse before the next step.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. Drop some Blue water marbling paint into the Lavender circles or "stones".
  8. Instruction #4
  9. Next, add some Violet paint to the surface. Apply as much of each color as you see fit. If you prefer to have more of a particular color, simply add more stones of that color.
  10. Instruction #5
  11. Add drops of Pink across the surface to create more stones.
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Drop some Aquamarine into the existing stones or randomly onto the surface.
  14. Instruction #7
  15. Add more Lavender or any of the other colors to keep filling the surface with paint.
  16. Instruction #8
  17. (TIP: to make smaller stones on the surface, pour out a small amount of paint and dip a Water Marbling Stick into the paint.)
  18. Instruction #9
  19. Touch the surface and add the paint where desired.
  20. Instruction #10
  21. Keep adding paint until your surface is full and vibrant with colors.
  22. Instruction #11
  23. Starting on the left side of the tray, and using only the tip of the marbling stick, slowly pull the stick down in horizontal lines through the surface of paint. At the bottom of the tray, reverse direction and pull the marbling stick up through the colors from the bottom to the top. This creates the "Gelgit" or zig zag pattern.
  24. Instruction #12
  25. Repeat this zig zag motion across the entire surface of the tray to create the Gelgit pattern.
  26. Instruction #13
  27. When your tray is ready to transfer the design onto the paper, use a piece of DecoArt's Premium Water Marbling Paper to get maximum absorbency of the paint. (TIP: Keep paper very dry! If the surface is wet prior to dipping into the size, it won't absorb the paint, which will result in a white spot.) A good technique to minimize bubbles in your print is to hold your paper on opposing corners to allow the center of the paper to touch the surface first. Then, slowly lay your corners down onto the surface. Make sure the paper is in full contact with the surface.
  28. Instruction #14
  29. Allow the paper to float on the surface of the size for a moment. This allows the design to transfer onto the paper. The corners of the paper will begin to pull away from the surface. Lift the paper off the surface by lifting opposing corners of the paper. Although you may notice some slight finger smudges in the corners of the paper, do not be concerned. They simply add to the overall effect. Place print face down in a clean tray of water to rinse off extra sizing. This step is optional, but rinsing off extra sizing allows for cleaner, more vibrant colors to shine through! Also, the paper will be less stiff and dry flatter.
  30. Instruction #15
  31. Lay paper, print side up on a paper towel to dry. This step will help absorb excess moisture and allow prints to dry faster.
  32. Instruction #16
  33. There will be extra paint left on the surface. You can transfer another print at this point. (TIP: blow on the surface to give the paint more movement and interest.) The pool of sizing can be reused again and again.
  34. Instruction #17
  35. (TIP: these second pulls are beautiful too! They are great to have for paper projects and collages.)
  36. Instruction #18
  37. To prepare the pool for a new project, simply use DecoArt's Water Marbling Premium Cleaning Paper and drag it across the surface until clean. (TIP: Remember, just the surface has to be clean to reuse. There may still be paint that has fallen to the bottom. This is called "sinking". This will not affect further prints!)
  38. Instruction #19
  39. Allow print to dry completely. Lay paper, print side down and using an iron on high, iron to flatten. (TIP: Place a piece of watercolor paper between the paint and the table surface to protect the print. If you have steam, place a paper towel between the watercolor paper and the table.)
  40. Instruction #20
  41. The print looks beautiful in a simple frame. But there are endless possibilities as to how you can use these one-of-a-kind prints. Incorporate them in a collage, cover a journal, or even as a background for a mixed media project.
  42. Instruction #21
  43. Try using DecoArt's Water Marbling Surface prep and techniques to hydro-dip a scarf, a pair of shoes or anything you want to try!
  44. Instruction #22